NFL Predictions: Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win the AFC North in 2013

NFL Reportedly Considering Banning Academically Ineligible Players from Combine

His 11 trips to the end zone were fourth in the NFL. Green is a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the brightest young stars in the league. As long as he and Dalton are clicking, the sky is the limit for the Bengals. John Grieshop/Getty Images Because of those two budding stars, the offense is a strength for Cincinnati. The front office only expanded that strength by grabbing tight endTyler Eifert in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. Eifert was widely considered to be one of the best players at his position and should have an immediate rapport with Dalton. He will be another strong target in addition to Jermaine Gresham, Marvin Jones andMohamed Sanu. But when the offense has struggled, it has been the defense that has picked up the slack and allowed the team to win games en route toback-to-back playoff appearances. MikeZimmer has been an incredible defensive coordinator that is blessed with amazing talent. That talent is headlined byGeno Atkins, who has, in three short years, made himself into one of the bestdefensive tackles in the league. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro in 2012. Last season he had39 tackles and 12.5 sacks, good for sixth in the NFL. Joining him in the defensive trenches areCarlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, two very tough players who broke out in 2012.

NFL is Considering Barring Academically Ineligible Players From Attending the Combine

If the Lions hadn’t fallen flat on their faces in 2012 — after making the playoffs in 2011 — we might be calling the NFC North the best division in football. The NFC North is also the only division that has sent all four of its teams to the playoffs in the past three seasons. (NFC North vs. NFC East and AFC North) 4. NFC South: Last season, the NFC South was the Falcons and three slightly below average teams and when we say slightly below average, we literally mean slightly below average. The Saints, Panthers and Buccaneers all finished with 7-9 records. The NFC South might be the first division to make a move in the regular season rankings because the Panthers host Seattle in Week 1. (NFC South vs.

NFL blackout rule: Richard Nixon hated it

In 2010, Sanchez had 13 turnovers and one lost fumble on the Jets’ journey to a second straight AFC Championship Game. Jaworski concludes that Sanchezs “ceiling is that of a midlevel starter, nothing more.” Sanchez isnt having an easy summer. Between the cult-like status his butt fumble has achieved, to a more explicit homemade video that revived the joke, Sanchez is looking less like a fifth-year player and more like a kid who needs to grow up. The Jets had a strong plan in place at the start of OTAs. Before David Garrard ‘s bad knees forced him to retire, bringing in the veteran QB seemed like a smart way to ease Sanchez out of the starting position while giving rookie Geno Smith a year to develop. Instead, the Jets are left to choose between Sanchez and Smith during a training camp competition. “The bottom line is Sanchez continues to make too many throws that a quarterback with his experience level should not make,” Jaworski said. “Sanchez is clearly trending downward in my evaluations. He has started 68 games in his NFL career, including the playoffs.

Sanchez ranked 28th among NFL starters

“You should say that the president said this. You should call Pete Rozelle … (and say) that I believe the National Football League should announce that all playoff (games) should be carried in public. Period,” Nixon said. “You might also point out, just so you understand, too, Bennett, the president is not speaking for himself in this instance because he’s going to be in Florida. He’s going to be watching the game in Florida. It’s going to be carried there. But he’s speaking for all the people in Washington who didn’t vote for him. Put it right that way.” The two men can be heard laughing.

2014 NFL Draft: Iowa State Preview

He emerged as a team leader last season as a junior, finishing with 90 total tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Washington has added over 30 pounds since arriving in Ames and has developed into an enforcing striker against the run with his closing burst and short-area power. He is widely known as a class clown in the locker room but is all business on the football field, playing with an aggressive, violent mentality when he smells blood. Washington uses his speed to cover a large area, but he has room to improve his timing and anticipation against the pass. With Jake Knott and A.J. Klein now competing for roster spots in the NFL, Washington takes over as the heart of the Cyclones’ defense.


The move is being discussed because of the increased scrutiny on the maturity and commitment of the prospects entering the NFL, according to Feldman. This seems like a weird and reactionary rule to the recent maturity issues of arrests. Teams should be free to decide who they want, and removing players from the Combine process is a serious issue. Can specific teams decide that a player has issues that they do not want to deal with, in part because of behavior that included completely blowing off school knowing they were entering the draft at the end of the football season? Sure. This feels more like a favor for the NCAA, with the NFL once again acting like an enforcement arm for its minor league, which instituted the APR system a few years ago. We have seen some teams, notably Connecticut in basketball , receive a post-season ban because of academic performance. A big issue is that players that leave while not in good standing academically (transfer, leaving early before graduation) really ding the schools in the APR measure. College coaches could use such a NFL rule as a hammer to keep athletes with one foot out the door on the NFL in class through the finals.

NFL Division Power Rankings: NFC West takes top slot

The NFC West has come a long way since the Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record in 2010. (USATSI)

For one, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out, the league would only be making the pre-draft process more complicated for the teams, who would have to travel to evaluate prospects rather than do so in one place at the combine. It would be an inconvenience for teams, especially since academically ineligible players would still be eligible to be drafted. Many of these players would probably be fine with skipping the combine, as pro days are generally more comfortable environments for NFL prospects. And it seems a stretch to link players who are academically ineligible to those that will be troublemakers down the road. After all, there have been plenty ofacademicallyeligible players to hit the league who have had off-field concerns. And what would the guidelines be when determining a player’s academic eligibility? As Chris Burke of Sports Illustratednotes, many players basically ignore school anyway after the bowls to prep for the draft: @calebbevins Depends on guidelines. Counting all the guys that check out after bowls to prep for draft? Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) July 7, 2013 @ZacEllis Right, I don’t get it.


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